Help Me Decide Please

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by PUKS2016, May 26, 2016.

  1. PUKS2016 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2016
    I am torn between buying an iPad Pro 9.7 or Macbook 2016. I currently own an iPhone 6s plus and a 1st gen iPad Mini. I want a portable and productive device. I am into the field of architecture and I wonder if the 2016 Macbook could at least operate AutoCAD, Sketchup, Lumion, etc. Any response will be very much appreciated :)
  2. Mollan macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2013
    The Netherlands/Italy
    Go for the MacBook, it is a fantastic machine.
  3. hardax macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    For the things you want to do the iPad would be terribly constrictive in my opinion. I personally would wait to see what happens with the pro line though as some of your software would perform much better on a higher end machine.
  4. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    I've tested and setup multiple 2015 12" MacBook for friends and clients, and have installed and tested intensive apps such as AutoCAD, Photoshop and Premiere, GarageBand, and/or HitFilm. Not a single complaint about speed or performance.

    I would get the iPad Pro as a supplement, if you could, as I use it as an AstroPad graphics tablet and Air Display secondary display to my MacBook, when I'm not using it as a standalone device.
  5. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    I have both. I find myself so much happier on the Macbook. Plenty speedy enough for my basic needs in retirement.
  6. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    After using a 2015 base MacBook for the past 2 weeks, I can say that I've noticed very few scenarios where the processor was struggling. I just felt like I was using a Mac and didn't even think about it --- and again, that's on a 2015 MacBook.

    If portability and ultra lightness are part of your desires, I think the 2016 Skylake model will be more than sufficient for your needs.

    I went with the MacBook because I grew tired of trying to make the iPad more than what it was originally designed to be. Steve Jobs' original pitch was that it was better at certain things than a phone or a notebook (web browsing, email, media consumption). I still think that is true, but it was never intended to be the "laptop replacement" it's being marketed as now, and for so many things it's just not that (typing, file management, multitasking).
  7. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Being so close to June, I would wait for the product announcements from WWDC.
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The MacBook would be a better choice for now. There is just better software available for OS X for the tasks you describe.
  9. izzyfanto macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2011
    I agree. Architecture 3D models can be graphically straining, and you might notice thermal throttling on the MB for those tasks. Just wait a couple weeks.

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